I go to school every time I watch a movie. Whether I see something amazing or horrible, there is a lesson to be learned. So why not use the grading scale every scholar is accustomed to?
D: Below Average
F: Why/how did they make this?
The D.C., Maryland and Virginia area (DMV) has some of the best independent talent in filmmaking. I'm constantly impressed by the work that is displayed here. That being said, there is a difference between the limitations of a studio and a local filmmaker. So while the alphabetical grading system is the same for rating DMV films, I don't scrutinize these films as hard as big budget blockbusters. In other words, I expect creativity and technical proficiency but not perfection.
I rate Christian films differently than mainstream films. For starters, they are made with Christian values and standards. Generally the film's dialogue and story is different from what we’re used to seeing on TV and in theaters and may not appeal to viewers who don't share the same values. In my opinion, just because faith-based films are different doesn’t excuse them from being technically proficient on the basis of the directing, acting, screenwriting, visuals, and sound. So I will not sugar coat a film in my review, but I do view them through Christian eyes and understanding.